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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ANCSA was not a 'fair trade'
Gretchen Goldstein is correct, in her letter to the editor (Empire, July 22, "Land Privatization isn't fair trade"). The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was not a fair trade; in fact, it was not a trade at all.

We need to speak out on health care
If you want to understand the role of insurance companies in our nation's health care melodrama, think of them as pimps. And like true pimps, they use lies, pay-offs and hired political muscle to guarantee their 30 percent cut of our health care dollars.

Charters should be subject to same rules
Since the 1920s, the International Pacific Halibut Commission has been managing halibut stocks for one purpose: sustainability. The commercial halibut fishery has become the model for the entire world.

Where's Sarah?
Just one final snub for Juneau from our former governor. She held farewell picnics in Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Juneau still the capital city? I would think this would have been one of the choices for a picnic. I was wondering, who paid for all of these farewell affairs?

Intoxicated 27-year-old accused of pulling shotgun on neighbors
A grand jury indicted a 27-year-old Juneau man Friday on felony assault charges for allegedly pulling a shotgun on two people earlier this month in the Mendenhall Valley.

DEC will rewrite rules on pollution
Several cruise lines have gotten in the habit of taking their wastewater out to federal waters rather than risk violating strict state limits on pollutants.

Students explore atmospheric, marine science at camp
Eleven middle schoolers tested their speed and maneuverability in a Juneau pool Friday - but it wasn't a swimming competition.

New JDHS principal brings team-teaching experience
Dr. Jim Kuhlmann understands what it takes for a high school to make adjustments.

Fishermen gear up for 63rd salmon derby
Juneau's three-day fishing contest is back for its 63rd year with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes.

Model T takes Juneau detour
Doug Hauge drove a restored Model T from New York to Seattle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a cross-country endurance road race - and then kept going.

Chickens shot in Juneau back yard
Three chickens were reportedly shot and killed with a BB gun in the back yard of a house on O'day Drive.

Photo: JAMming
Local artist Amanda Neyenhouse knits Sunday morning behind her display of handmade items for sale at the Juneau Artists Market (JAM) outside the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. JAM at the JACC will operate 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays until the end of August. Any artist or musician is welcome to show their goods. Contact the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at 586-2787. "It's such a great thing," Neyenhouse said. "It's a great opportunity for local artists who aren't in stores or shops."

Photo: Hustle to win
Juneau's Tal Norvell, right, slides safely into second base Sunday with a steal past Ketchikan's Kabel Lervick during the fifth inning of the Junior League Baseball District II championship game. Norvell went on to steal third base, and then he scored on a passed ball at home plate for a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Ketchikan. Norvell's teammates voted to give him the "Hustle Award" after the game. "I knew I got a really bad jump heading to home and everyone was yelling to get back, but it was too late and I went for it," Norvell said. Juneau will host the Junior League State Championship against Dimond West of Anchorage starting Thursday.

Photo: Shore duty
U.S. Coast Guard seaman Sarah Perez spends Sunday morning mowing the grass at Motor Lifeboat Station Juneau. Originally from Florida, Perez is one and a half years into herenlistment. "Aside from the weather, mowing grass is the same here as in Florida," Perez said.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Tuesday, July 28

Around Town
Today, July 27

Jack Paul Brown Jr.
Jack Paul Brown Jr., 53, died July 24, 2009, in Ketchikan after a long battle with colon cancer. His Tlingit name was Tsoo 'neil.

Health-care sacrifice
President Obama sometimes presents health-care reform as a pain-free proposition, as simple as choosing the red pill over the blue - one that's no more effective but costs twice as much. Asked at his news conference whether "the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen," Obama's basic answer was no. "They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier," he said.

Outside editorial: Obama must be more direct on health care
If you have followed many of President Barack Obama's health care comments and speeches, you know that he pretty much reiterated his views during his prime-time news conference Wednesday. And that wasn't necessarily bad.

My Turn: What kind of ferry system do you want?
If you ride the ferry system, or have an interest in those who do, now is the time to speak up. If you are concerned with the routes the ferries take, or the number of port visits, or the age of the ferries, the state's Department of Transportation wants to know.

Outside editorial: Get moving on Gitmo
On the third day of his presidency, Barack Obama dramatically departed from the disastrous policies of the Bush administration by signing an order promising that the Guantanamo Bay detention center would be closed no later than Jan. 22, 2010. But procrastination from the White House is making it easier for congressional critics to frustrate a step vital to restoring American legitimacy.

What Sarah Palin got wrong about energy
Now-former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin put the global warming debate front and center last week with a plea to avoid the "personality-driven political gossip of the day" and focus more "on the gravity of ... challenges" facing our country.

If only all transitions of power could be as peaceful as Alaska
Just before last weekend's governor's picnic, and before the transition of power from former Gov. Sarah Palin to Gov. Sean Parnell, I returned from attending the National Conference of State Legislatures annual convention in Philadelphia.

My Turn: Southeast residents need to take action to protect our ferry system
Ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway System is more than just the best way to connect scattered Southeast communities.

Juneau man arrested on alcohol, theft charges
JUNEAU - A 23-year-old man was arrested for drunken boating and vehicle theft Sunday night after running a boat aground at the launch in Savikko Park.

Interim high school principal announced
JUNEAU - Dr. Jim Kuhlmann, of Oregon, will serve as the interim principal at Juneau-Douglas High School starting this fall.

Alaska search called off for man overboard
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a crewmember who fell overboard from a British flagged boat headed to South Korea.

Radio news director resigns amid personal blog controversy
DILLINGHAM - The news director at a southwest Alaska radio station has resigned amid an uproar over items posted on her personal blog.

Fire near Fairbanks doubles in size
FAIRBANKS - A fire burning 25 miles southwest of Fairbanks doubled in size in recent days.

2 minor quakes rattle parts of Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Geologists say two small earthquakes have shaken parts of Alaska.

Wayside Park ramp and float closed
JUNEAU - The vehicle ramp and fishing float at Wayside Park on Channel Drive will be closed for repairs beginning today.

Terminal expansion causes loading changes at airport
JUNEAU - Construction work continues on Juneau International Airport terminal expansion.

Anchorage arrest made in Jan. 2 homicide
ANCHORAGE - It took seven months, but an arrest has been made in Anchorage's first homicide of the year.

Alaska broadcasting outlets could merge
ANCHORAGE - The state's largest public broadcasting outlets are considering an idea to merge their operations.

Saxman mayor quits
KETCHIKAN - The mayor of Saxman has resigned.

Upper Cook Inlet closes to commercial fishermen
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency closure order for upper Cook Inlet drift gillnetters.

Alaska has first swine flu-related fatality
ANCHORAGE - A Fairbanks woman with underlying medical conditions has died of complications of swine flu in Washington state - the first swine-flu related fatality of an Alaskan, state health officials said Monday.

Boy dies in Seward Highway crash
ANCHORAGE - An 11-year-old Anchorage boy has died in a traffic crash on the Seward Highway.

It's Official
FAIRBANKS - Sarah Palin stepped down Sunday as Alaska governor to write a book and build a right-of-center coalition, but she left her long-term political plans unclear and refused to address speculation she would seek a 2012 presidential bid.

New governor meets with ministers, others
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell spent his first full day in office Monday meeting with locals in Fairbanks, including ministers, community leaders and the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Alaska gets first ever 'temporary substitute' lt. governor
Alaska got a new lieutenant governor Sunday as Craig Campbell was sworn in as a the state's first ever "temporary substitute lieutenant governor."

New governor shares Palin's values
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's new governor, Sean Parnell, says he'll push many of Sarah Palin's higher profile initiatives, such as the natural gas pipeline.

Alaska unemployment fund sitting pretty - unlike other states
While Alaska's unemployment rate is climbing, both state workers and employers are in a much better situation than many - and possibly most - other states, say employment security officials with the state and federal governments.

Doyon, partners launch exploratory gas well
FAIRBANKS - Drillers punching 11,000 feet beneath Nenana Basin could strike it rich with a natural gas find of 2 billion cubic feet - or they could find a dry hole.

Some village organizations owe the IRS payroll taxes
ANCHORAGE - Some tribal governments, cities and nonprofits owe $4.4 million in unpaid payroll taxes and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new state report.

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